Brighton Pavilion Result May 2005
David Lepper :Labour :15,427 :35.4% :-13.3
Mike Weatherley:Conservative :10,397 :23.9% : -1.2
Keith Taylor :Green : 9,571 :22.0% :+12.7
Hazel Thorpe :Liberal Democrat : 7,171 :16.5 :+3.4
In my opinion, Brighton Pavilion Constituency Labour Party has to become the greenest in the country to reflect its electorate and increase its vote share.
Labour needs to better publicise its environmental and democratic credentials. Labour has ambitious plans for renewable energy and increased recycling, has increased funding for public transport, encouraged congestion charging following London's lead, is pushing climate change and fair trade onto the international agenda and is responsible for more devolved government elected by PR systems. Alistair Darling has also started the debate on road pricing. This is a difficult area exemplified by the hostile and distorted press reactions to the issue.
At the General Constituency Committee Meeting on Monday one of the proposals emanating from Regency ward, that is to be put before the Constituency members and David Lepper MP, will be reform of the electoral system for Westminster. This is the sort of issue we should be promoting to win over Green and Lib Dem voters.
Brighton Pavilion is best served by a Labour MP as part of the governing party pushing a green and local agenda whereas an MP from another party would just be ignored! Labour is the party that can deliver the environmental and constitutional change that Green and Lib Dem voters seek.
I will post David Lepper's views and the constituency party's vote about the PR issue on this blog after Monday night's meeting.